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John Callaway Family at Memory Hill Cemetery

Our old citizens are passing away!

So said the death notice for John Callaway printed in the Milledgeville, Georgia Union & Recorder. He was born 4 December 1791 and died 5 June 1873 in Milledgeville. Upon death, John was buried in the city's Memory Hill Cemetery.

On 25 October 1818 in Baldwin County, GA, John married Margaret "Peggy" Turner. This couple had at least eleven children. Eight of them rest in Memory Hill, and tombstones for six(*) of them are in the image below.

- Augustus W. "Gus" Callaway* (3 March 1820 ~ 9 August 1866)
- Lucinda A. Callaway Trice* (5 October 1821 ~ 15 March 1889)
- John F. "Frank" Callaway
- Joshua M. Jasper Callaway
- Leonidas Newton Callaway* (19 February 1828 ~ 20 July 1898)
- Sarah Elizabeth Callaway Brake (1831 ~ 1907)
- Nancy C. Callaway (29 January 1832 ~ 3 February 1901)
- Martha M. Callaway Smith*
- E. William Callaway* (29 June 1834 ~ 30 November 1873)
- Mary Emeline Callaway King Green
- Richard Columbus Callaway* (19 February 1839 ~ 9 January 1875)

Augustus W. Callaway
The following obituary transcript was published in the History of Baldwin County, Georgia by Anna Marie Green Cook (1925). The 10 August 1866 edition of Milledgeville's Federal Union was cited. (Tombstone image below by Scott and Priscilla Butler Fraser via FindAGrave.)
Death of A. W. Callaway

Our whole community has been made sad by the death of one of our most prominent citizens, Mr. Augustus W. Callaway, who expired at his residence in this city on Thursday morning last, (9th inst.) after a few weeks of severe illness, in the 47th year of his age. Thus in the vigor of manhood, with the promise of a long life and extended usefulness, has passed away a polite and courteous gentleman, an honest man, a genial companion, a warm friend, a kind brother, and an affectionate husband and father.

Born and reared in this county, he was well known, and his death is greatly regretted. While it has often been asserted that he had more influence than any other man in the county, he was modest and unassuming and sought for himself no high position, choosing rather, in a quiet way, to exert his great influence for good to all those who sought his counsel and advice. Endowed by nature with a strong mind, having a large experience in the affairs of life, of sterling integrity, great decision of character, and a remarkably social disposition, it is not strange that he exerted a controlling influence among his fellow men.

By his energy and frugality, he acquired a large property, but never, as is often the case, oppressed the poor to put money in his own pocket; on the contrary, he did much to help them along, and many men will remember Gus Callaway as their best friend. He was warmly attached to his native city, the scene of his early struggles and seldom left it. To his family, his loss is irreparable, and the community will long and deeply regret the removal of one of its strongest pillars. At the time of his death, he was Justice of the Inferior Court, and a member of the City Council, and before the war was one of the most prominent merchants of the city.
Same source also notes A. W. "was one of the six aldermen whose duty it became to surrender Milledgeville to Sherman on his famous march to the sea. Through the request of these six councilmen, the city was spared the torch."

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Lucinda A. Callaway Trice
Lucinda married Ezekiel Trice on 14 August 1839 in Baldwin County, GA. They were separated only by his death on 8 January 1874. Ezekiel, too, was laid to rest in Memory Hill Cemetery.

Union - Recorder (Milledgeville, GA)
19 March 1889 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Death of Mrs. Trice

Mrs. Lucinda A. Trice, widow of of [sic] the later Ezekiel Trice, died at her home on Friday last, after a brief illness, aged 69 years.

Mrs. Trice was one of our oldest and best beloved citizens. Her life was unselfish, kind and gentle, exemplifying in a remarkable degree practical christian excellence -- she was as sweet in disposition as she was quiet and unpretending. She was the eldest daughter of the late John Callaway, and after her mother's death she was a mother, friend and counsellor [sic] to a large family of younger brothers and sisters, and reared several of her nephews and nieces. She was devoted to her relatives and friends, and hundreds of persons who received kindness at her hands rise up and bless her memory.

She was buried at 11 o'clock Sunday morning. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church, the pastor, Rev. J. D. Chapman, officiating. The services were largely attended. The following gentlemen acted as pall-bearers: Messrs. Joseph Staley, R. N. Lamar, B. T. Bethune, W. H. Jewell, Adolph Joseph and S. Barrett.
Death of Mr. L. N. Callaway
Union Recorder (Milledgeville, GA)
26 July 1898 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Another old citizen passes away.

The death of Hon. L. N. Callaway, which occurred at 5 o'clock last Wednesday afternoon, at his home in this city produced profound sorrow throughout the county. During his illness of two weeks everything possible was done to add to his comfort and prolong his life, but he continued to grow worse until the end came.

The funeral services were held at his late residence Thursday afternoon at 5 o'clock, and conducted by his pastor, Rev. J. A. Wray, of the Baptist church. All the business houses in the city were closed and marked respect was shown to his memory. Hundreds of citizens gathered at the home of the man who had taken an active interest in the affairs of the city for more than half a century, to pay their last tribute of affection. Many floral offerings from every part of the city were laid upon his casket.

The pall-bearers were, Messrs. T. W. Turk, L. H. Thomas, E. T. Alling, O. M. Cone, R. N. Lamar and Dr. A. M. Jackson.

Leonidas Newton Callaway was a native of Baldwin county and was seventy years of age. In early youth he came from the country home of his father to this city, to clerk for his elder brother, Mr. A. W. Callaway. In this country home of his parents a very large and interesting family was reared, who in days past took an active part in the business and social affairs of this city and county. Most of them preceded Mr. Callaway to the grave.

In his young manhood Mr. Callaway served Baldwin county as Tax Collector for many years. In 1888 he was elected to the legislature and in connection with Hon. Robert Whitfield, who was in the Senate, did the county valuable service.

Mr. Callaway was quiet and unassuming in his manners, but firm in his convictions, a man of good judgment and lovable social qualities. He was very popular throughout the county and could at any time have been elected to any office in the gift of her people, had he so desired. For many years past he refused to run for any office and has led a very quiet life.

Mr. Callaway leaves a wife and son, Dr. J. A. Callaway, one brother, Mr. Jasper Callaway, and three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Brake, Mrs. J. A. Green and Miss Nancy Callaway.
Death of Miss Nancy Callaway
Union Recorder (Milledgeville, GA)
5 February 1901 - pg. 2 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
The many friends of Miss Nancy Callaway will be pained to hear of her death, which occurred at her home in this city, last Sunday night about 7 o'clock.

She had been ill for many months and was a great sufferer. She has been a consistent member of the Baptist church for many years.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist church at 3:30 yesterday afternoon, Rev. J. A. Wray officiating.
Martha M. Callaway Smith
Miss Martha Callaway married George W. Smith on 2 October 1866 at Baldwin County. He also was buried in Memory Hill. Martha died on or about 11 June 1898, just over five weeks before her brother Leonidas. (Tombstone image below by Scott and Priscilla Butler Fraser via FindAGrave.)

Union Recorder (Milledgeville, GA)
14 June 1898 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]

Mrs. Geo. W. Smith died at her home in this city, at 2 o'clock, last Saturday afternoon, after an illness of several months.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Baptist church, and led an exemplary christian life. She was in her seventy-second year, and leaves a husband and two brothers, Messrs. L. N. and Jasper Callaway, and three sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Brake, Emeline Green and Miss Nancy Callaway.

The funeral services took place at the residence Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. A. Waay [sic] officiating, and her remains were buried in the city cemetery.

The relatives have the sympathy of [a large] circle of friends.
Death of Mr. E. W. Callaway
Union & Recorder (Milledgeville, GA)
Wednesday, 3 December 1873 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Mr. William Callaway died at the residence of his brother, Mr. L. N. Callaway, in this city, on last Sunday morning. -- He had been in feeble health for many months, and was conscious of his approaching dissolution. He was one of the proprietors of the Milledgeville Hotel, in connection with Mr. E. Trice, at the time it was destroyed by fire. He was a quiet, inoffensive man, full f the milk of human kindness, and, at least, had no enemies. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, and was, for many years, one of the Stewards of Benevolent Lodge, and on festival occasions took great pride and pleasure in contributing to the enjoyment of the brotherhood in these social reunions. Death has called him from Labor here, and we have reason to hope that his eternal Rest, beyond the dark river, is peaceful and happy. He was buried with Masonic honors on Monday.
Additionally, E. W. served in the Confederate States Army as a member of Company C, Caper's Battalion, Georgia State Troops. His death came just five months after that of his father John, the patriarch of the Milledgeville Callaways.

Richard Columbus Callaway
Thirteen months after the death of his brother William, the end came for R. C.

Union & Recorder (Milledgeville, GA)
Thursday, 12 January 1875 - pg. 3 [via Georgia Historic Newspapers]
Mr. Richard C. Callaway died at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Trice, on last Saturday evening. He will be buried to-day (Tuesday) with military honors, by the Baldwin Blues, of which Company he was a member. Many relatives and friends mourn his departure.

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